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José Resende

25 Apr 2015
14 Jun 2015

APR 25, 2015
JUN 14, 2015

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – a museum run by the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture – will host an exhibition of José Resende on April 25. The show, which is sponsored by Banco Itaú and the São Paulo Official State Press, features twelve works never before shown in São Paulo, all made between 2011 and 2015. Eight of them were designed in relation to the architecture of the Pinacoteca.

José Resende is one of the most important Brazilian artists since the second half of the twentieth century. He helped found Grupo Rex, Malasartes magazine, A Parte do Fogo newspaper, and Escola Brasil. He also participated at the Paris Biennale in 1980, the Venice Biennale in 1988, the Biennale of Sydney in 1998 and several editions of the Bienal de São Paulo.

In 2015, the artist turns seventy and completes fifty years in his career. In 1990, exactly twenty-five years ago, he had an exclusive exhibit at the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Contemporary Art. Since then, he has had no other solo exhibit at any Brazilian museum.

“The materials used by José Resende in his works are generally related to architecture and urban visuality. Construction materials found in buildings and street furniture are prevalent, such as steel, rebar, wood, and stone, ever since the 1970s. The artist himself says that this gathering of works, consisting only of recent pieces, is a retrospective of his career. But this assertion, while it indicates the cumulative progress of Resende’s work, makes an amusing reference to operations such as resuming the form of his Venus, for example, shown at the 9th documenta in Kassel, in 1992,” says José Augusto Ribeiro of the Pinacoteca curator staff.